Youth Programs

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Youth programs

About Powell Gardens’ Guided Youth Programs

Powell Gardens offers a variety of themed program options for youth in grades K-5, perfect for school or scout groups. Each guided program is 90 minutes and incorporates field journals, nature investigations, science skills, and nature games. These standards-based school programs are designed to supplement science content covered in the classroom with fun and engaging learning activities. Once the program is finished, spend the day touring the other garden areas and nature trail. Ample space is available for each group to enjoy lunch before or after programs.

Guided programs must be reserved at least two weeks in advance of the desired date and are scheduled weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. These programs require a group minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 60 students per time slot. Teachers receive free admission.

*An adult to student ratio of at least 1:10 is mandatory but no more than one adult for every five students is permitted.  Exceptions apply.

The Booking Process

To reserve a guided school program, please request a program and date using the online reservation system. You will be asked to select the program start time, the number of children attending, and the type of program. The email address provided will be used to provide updates leading up to the program. All programs are 90 minutes in length and begin at the time you select in the reservation system. Please select a start time of either 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. Groups may enjoy the Gardens  after the 90-minute guided program is completed.

Interested in custom options? Powell Gardens staff can work with your group to design a program applicable to your students’ grade levels.

Guided Program Fees

Students – $8
Chaperones – $10
Teachers/Staff – Free

*All program requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email. Your group will be sent an invoice once the field trip details are confirmed.

Schedule a Guided Visit

About Self-Guided School Visits

Schools wanting to bring a group of students to the Gardens, and are not reserving a guided program, are expected to schedule a self-guided visit by filling in the self-guided visit form. The number of school groups in the Gardens is closely managed because group spaces are limited. School teachers and staff receive free admission and space is provided to store lunch bags for the day.

Self-Guided Visit Fees 

Students – $4
Parents – $10
Teachers – Free


*All reservation requests are considered tentative until confirmed via email. We currently do not have group rates.

The Booking Process 

To reserve a self-guided group visit, please complete the group visit request form. Please select a preferred and alternate date and time, provide the number of attendees, and include your contact information. Payment will be accepted the day of arrival.  

2021-2022 Guided School Program Options